50 Shades of Grey-Black-Blue-Periwinkle

50-shades-of-greyI have been so blessed to have the opportunity to connect with other women in the blogging world who are passionate about sharing God’s heart on marriage.  Today I have the privilege of having guest contributor Joy Eggerichs, daughter of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs author of Love and Respect, sharing about the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon and how women should be cautious of the content we fill our minds with.

Joy writes:

If you haven’t heard about the book 50 Shades of Grey, my guess is you’ve probably had small gnomes living inside your ear canal and I highly recommend you go to the doctor immediately.

I haven’t picked up 50 Shades of Black-Blue-Periwinkle or anything of the like, but I recently received a book written in response to the 50 Shades phenomenon called The Fantasy Fallacy, by Shannon Ethridge.  I haven’t read this book yet either.

Joy, you’ve now mentioned two books you haven’t read. Do you ever read?  No, because the gnomes are currently camped out on my eye-lids.

But, my father published his book, Love and Respect, with Thomas Nelson and, since the kind people at TN knew this was a topic I am very passionate about, they sent it my way.  I’m eager to dig into Ethridge’s book because I’ve seen how deeply my generation has been fooled by the impact of fantasy on our relationships, or lack thereof.  Even my friend’s parents and some grandparents have read the book (gag reflex at the thought of Nana reading 50 Shades), so I know it’s not restricted to my 18 to 35 year old demographic.

My desire is not to condemn anyone who has read the book, nor do I think that’s Ethridge’s desire either.  Rather…

I want women to think about the content they are putting into their minds.  As Christians, we know that what causes one to stumble, may not cause another to trip but I simply can’t see how this type of content benefits our grasp on reality.  Depending on our personality and propensities, these fantasies can impact our view of our husbands or future husbands. It can create a level of dissatisfaction that our sub-conscious doesn’t even connect with the contributing content. 

And I would argue that even if a book has the label “Christian”, it isn’t necessarily exempt.

A couple years ago I attended a “Christian” book writers conference and was so intrigued at what I found that I recorded some of my post-conference thoughts in this video.  I have the privilege of sharing my video ponderings with you thanks to Unveiled Wife trusting me with her platform.

I pray my words will resonate with your heart and desire to be thoughtful in your thought-life.  And I hope it makes you laugh a little.

From my gnome-loving heart,

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now

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